By popular demand, we are returning to Winchester Cathedral for our first outing of 2014. Our series of cathedral visits has proved popular, with that to Winchester in 2013 being the best supported of all. We were warmly received, and there was much to photograph, hence our planned return in 2014.
Please meet inside the West Front entrance from 10 am - we plan to start photography around 10.30. Tuition on the use of large- and medium-format cameras, and on lighting, will be available for members interested.
The entry fee is £7.50 (seniors £5.50), which should be paid by individual members on entry. The ticket also acts as an Annual Pass to the cathedral. Members and non-members are welcome, but please register your interest with the event organiser.
There is no charge for photography, but in recognition of this, participants are requested to offer a donation to cathedral funds.
Refreshments will be available at the Cathedral.
The Cathedral is the longest Gothic church in Europe, and its oldest parts belong to the Norman structure built from 1079. The transepts are Norman, and the original nave was skilfully remodelled in the Perpendicular Gothic style in the 14th C by William of Wykeham, whose tomb stands in the nave. The elegant work at the eastern end includes the Early English Gothic retro-choir, with mediaeval tiled floor and many fine tombs and chantry chapels, and the Lady Chapel, added in the late 15th C.
Apart from the tombs, the stalls (ca. 1320) are of particular interest, with fine misericords, and from later periods there are many excellent post-reformation monuments in various styles. The crypt, which is often flooded, contains a statue by the modern sculptor Anthony Gormley.